Abdulrahman M. Al-Shami

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Page Range

pp. 197-214

Print Length

17 pages

12. Yemen

Unsettled Media for an Unsettled Country

Chapter of: Arab Media Systems(pp. 197–214)
Throughout history, successive governments in Yemen have realized the importance of the media. Consequently, they have tightened the grip on the media by imposing a monopoly on ownership and by selecting editors-in-chief and other leading positions to ensure complete media control. Thus, media have functioned as a voice for the regime rather than a voice for the public. A slight change has occurred since the Yemeni unification in 1990 in terms of allowing limited ownership and freedom of expression. However, resulting from the long monopoly and mismanagement, media in Yemen are facing huge challenges at the levels of infrastructure, technology, regulation, freedom of expression, training, and professionalism.